- A plaything for children; a bawble.
- A thing for amusement, but of no real value; an article of trade of little value; a trifle."They exchange for knives, glasses, and such toys, great abundance of gold and pearl." [Abr. Abbot.]
- A wild fancy; an odd conceit; idle sport; folly; trifling opinion."To fly about playing their wanton toys." [Spenser.]"What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they all run away." [Beau. & Fl.]"Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell." [Drayton.]
- Amorous dalliance; play; sport; pastime."To dally thus with death is no fit toy." [Spenser.]
- An old story; a silly tale.
- A headdress of linen or woolen, that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; -- called also toy mutch.(Scot)"Having, moreover, put on her clean toy, rokelay, and scarlet plaid." [Sir W. Scott.]
Etymology: Probably the same word
Etymology: D. tuid tools, implements, stuff, trash, speeltuig playthings, toys; akin to G. zeug stuff, materials, MNG. ziuc, Icel. tygi gear; all ultimately from the root of E. tug, v. t.; cf. G. zeugen to beget, MHG. ziugen to beget, make ready, procure. See Tug (v. t.)